WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2017/2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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The notion that people just aren't trying hard enough is frustrating too for people working with those trying to slim down. "It's not their fault; it's not willpower or discipline," says Soolman. "It's just biology; our bodies just so often do not respond to dieting." As sci- ence begins to untangle the complexities of weight loss, some subtle and overt barriers to success are being uncovered. In fact, encour- aging research shows that a host of outside factors, some totally untethered to food con- sumption, can impact an individual's quest to shed pounds. For example, researchers have been paying close attention to the connection between an individual's microbiome and weight loss. "The microbiome is the ecosystem we co-evolved with. There are trillions of microorganisms in our body, mostly in our gut," explains Dr. Janine Pardo, of the Weston Internal Medicine and Wellness Center. "They are involved in our inflammation response and in our ability to burn calories." If a person's microbiome is out of balance due to poor diet, stress, or lack of sleep, inflammation increases, which in turn encourages the body to hold on to excess weight. If the inflammation 'switch' is con- stantly on, the body's response can lead to car- diovascular disease or stroke. "The foods we consume have a direct impact on the balance of the bacteria," says Dr. Pardo. "Sugar, for ex- ample, will promote inflammation, versus a food like kale, which will promote a healthier balance and promote 'good bugs,' so to speak." 131 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8

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